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November 03, 2006

Stair balustrades

Upstairs_downstairs Virtual Air Conditioners in Tirana, Albania

Some photos of concrete Grain elevators taken from the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record in the Library of Congress

An animated film inspired by Persian architecture, Isfahan. Previously blogged by the same studio, M C Escher’s Snakes

Small churches of the South

Chicago's Inner Flute-Ruins

Inside architects’ offices flickr pool

The transformed Landschaftspark industrial resort park in Duisburg, Germany

Burj Dubai Skyscraper is following the construction of the soon to be highest skyscraper in the world. (From A Welsh View)

Upstairs, Downstairs - How small details make great architects

The architecture of the Da Vinci Code

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October 09, 2006

Round Houses

Round_house The Palace That Penthouse Built

A mechanical lion in Brugge, Belgium (With video!)

Chinese Hakka roundhouses

Slide show: The inside of the new Thomas Heatherwick designed Longchamps store, Spring Street, New York

Penn Station

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry made of matchsticks

OJ’s Rockingham layout

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September 17, 2006

A house with an indoor pool


Cutler Anderson Architects, the firm that designed Bill Gates’s house and pool

The Pyramid of Peace in Kazakhstan, William Blake crossed with Piranesi, as imagined by fantastical film-makers Powell and Pressburger. Designed by the British firm Foster and Partners. (From Things Magazine)

The Pyramids of Güímar, Tenerife

Tinselman collected an impressive bunch of Scale Model cities

Concrete that changes colors

Diagrams of world's tallest under construction buildings

Star Wars in Paris

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September 02, 2006

Concealed Buildings

Bauhaus_prefab British seaside architecture

Failed Icons (From Slate)

Big Dig House. As a prototype for future Big Dig architecture, the structural system for this house is almost wholly comprised of steel and concrete from Boston's Big Dig, utilizing over 600,000 lbs of recycled materials. (Thank you, Jim)


Linked everywhere: Library Porn (SFW)

Shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures

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July 18, 2006

Urban Exploration in the UK

Abandoned Subterranea Britannica is a society devoted the study and investigation of man-made and man-used underground places with 70 categories

A series of photos of Gosford Castle in Northern Ireland. One of the largest castles ever built in Ireland in the unique style of Normandic revival, which sadly has lain empty for nearly ten years now. It is slowly but surely turning into a ruin. Also, a visit to the abandoned Psych Ward in Morris plains, Greystone

Explorations of abandoned building by Kendall Anderson

Abandoned Airfield from WW2 and Other structures throughout the British countryside

The Thames Estuary Army Forts are not an imaginary post from the game Myst. They are part of Underground Kent. More about the Sea Forts of the North Sea

Cane Hill, London. Built in 1882, it was once the largest building of its type, but it now lies derelict - a magnet for explorers, vandals, even filmmakers and artists.

The Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital Shrine in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England

Abandoned Britain. This site documents the urban decay of industrial sites, hospitals and asylums

Disused Stations on London's Underground and London's Abandoned Tube Stations

Friends of Williamson's Tunnels. A strange underground kingdom which has lain beneath the city of Liverpool in north-west England since the early 1800s

Re-post: Derelict London

Urbex and Tim Edensor's British Industrial Ruins

A visit to The Byker Cully. The Cully is where I played as a kid and I'm constantly recalling the stories for people who want to know more about it

Tons of additional links about Ruins and Urban Exploration

Elsewhere: Heatherwick Studio's Rolling Bridge

Eichlers for Sale and Eichler Homes of Southern California. (From Sciatica)

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, this time with blogger “ILuvNUFC” (=ILuvN(ewcastle)U(nited)F(ootball)C(lub)) who links daily at Look At This, and who provided most of today’s links. (Previous posts here.) Thank you, “ILuvNUFC”! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

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May 28, 2006

The Cube

Leonardo_bridge Leonardo Bridge Project. In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci did a simple drawing of a graceful bridge with a single span of 720-foot span. Da Vinci designed the bridge as part of a civil engineering project for Sultan Bajazet II of Constantinople. The bridge was to span the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosphorus River in what is now Turkey. The Bridge was never built

Architecture of the Arctic. Buildings of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, where high winds, freezing temperatures, and the difficulty of transporting raw materials pose some interesting architectural constraints. All of the buildings below are in the city of Iqaluit, except for the flying saucer, which is in Igloolik

Gulliver Park in Valencia, Spain. (From Folderol)

The new Apple Store, Fifth Avenue. Scroll down to the bottom of Jack Cheng’s post: "We know what the next entry in your blog is going to be"

Churches and Chathedrals in France, photographed by Arnaud Frich. Also, The Beauty of The Loire Valley

Howard Roark on trial

Tibetan architecture

West Coast Woman To Build Crash Pad Out of an Old 747

By the way, who is your favorite living architect?

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

May 28, 2006 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 26, 2006

Look up!

New_york_skyscraper Looking Up. In the beginning of the skyscraper era, architects were confused about how to design the look of these super tall buildings. One of the decisions facing them was - what to put on the top

More from NYC; Central Park West. New York City's Most Architecturally Distinguished Thoroughfare, A Building-by-Building Survey

Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudi’s architectural gem

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. (Refresh the page a few times)

Of McManshions and Shantytowns south of San Diego

Seen everywhere: Luigi Di Serio’s 15 Best Skylines in the World

Construction photos of Burj Dubai

The Snow Dome. (I like the Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole’s rendition of ‘Over the rainbow’ in the background…)

Virtual tour of The Bill Gates estate

(Photo above by Michael Myers). Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

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February 27, 2006

Houses made of bottles

Seattle_architecture The Bottle Houses on Prince Edward Island

House made out of bottles in Rhyolite, Nevada, a Ghost Town about 100 miles outside of Vegas

Doc Hope's Bottle House in Hillsville, VA, built in 1941

Anna’s Bottle Home in Tucson, Arizona

Why is there an airplane (with runway) on 77 water street building in Manhattan?

What was it like to live on a Utah farm in the 1920's? How were homes different then? Take a look through my grandparents home in Leamington, (Millard County) Utah

ArchInfo’s World's 12 Best New Buildings

Who wouldn't want to live in a Tree House?

The Cedar Creek Treehouse in Ashford, WA

Hiroba, the Sapporo Dome Stadium with the world's first "hovering soccer stage" (Including a QuickTime movie, showing how the full soccer field is being transferred in & out the dome)

“Raw concrete” of the Brutalist architecture

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman's Age of the Domiciles

Lincoln Toe Truck, a pink landmark south of Lake Union, and other Seattle Icons & Roadside Attractions. Also, Seattle's "Hat 'n' Boots" and other Unusual homes

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, this time with Marlow Harris, a Real estate agent from Seattle who blogs at ”360 Digest”, and who provided most of today’s links. (Previous posts here.) Thank you, Marlow! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

(Photo above from NW Links.) Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

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January 17, 2006

Urban symmetries

Fishing_hut Photos of Ice Fishing Shacks by Scott Peterman. Many other gorgeous montages at Polar Inertia, include Arizona Cotton, Cuban Television sets, Overpasses, shipping containers, more. (From ”Pruned”)

Origamic Architecture by the Canadian papercraft artist Yee

The great walls of Iraq. A new form of architecture is dotting urban centres throughout Iraq, but it is not the type Iraqis say they can be proud of. Tonnes of reinforced concrete walls overlooking man-made mountains of sand bags are being systematically erected around government offices, party headquarters, senior officials' houses and police stations

Built St, Louis - A site dedicated to the historic architecture of St. Louis, Missouri

Urban symmetries at The Book of Pallalink

Garage Conversions are "a low-cost way to accommodate surging population growth without increasing sprawl"

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

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I added a lenghy summery of my recent trip to New Zealand on "Koru-Koru". Please visit, read & comment.

January 17, 2006 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 07, 2005

Ryugyong Hotel

Yugyong_1 Metro Art and Architecture. Subways need not be boring or dreary. Many operators of metros, subways or underground railways want to attract more passengers with good station design. This often means extra effort and higher costs for the metro operators but it seems to pay when a metro is more than only a means of traffic but something the population can be proud of. (From Gordon Coale)

Korean artist Do-Ho Suh’s House of fabric

Google Satellite image of Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

A long list of Ruins and abandoned locations, mostly asylums, mental hospitals, military installations and other derelict places, by “See Here”

High-rise cell phone: Mobile phone salesman "Crazy" John Ilhan has unveiled his radical design for a $40 million tower in the shape of a phone

Re-post: Tallest House of Playing Cards over twenty-five feet tall

The House on the Rock designed and built by Alex Jordan of Madison, WI

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

November 7, 2005 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 09, 2005

When cities do things right

Waterfall The Frank Gehry 'Rasin Building,' in Prague

“Maximilian's Schell”, a new vortex-shaped, outdoor installation in Silver Lake

Recycling rack, when cities do things right

The ‘Urban Hookah’ addresses these issues by providing smokers with a designated place, replete with protection from the elements and heat for chilly days. (From ”Lancerlord”)

The fish camp is a simple 12' x 24' structure with a 12' x 24' wood deck. It is intended for recreational use, such as camping, barbecuing, and relaxing in a beautiful landscape. It is essentially an adult's version of a tree-house, a place where one can comfortably connect with nature

Please support Katrina charities, by purchasing a Trent Lott's house bumber sticker

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

September 9, 2005 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 28, 2005

Medieval gas stations

Steps_1 Car Showrooms and gas stations. Also, Kentucky's Roadside Commercial Architecture, 1920-1960

Search 15,000 House Plans

The World’s tallest virtual building

Explore The Allianz Arena in Munich

Medieval Boston. Most people think of Boston as a dense city, and it is, especially by American standards. Today’s city is, however, a pale shadow of the medieval maze that was Boston before large-scale modern planning and spatial concepts entered the picture

Abandoned Russian Buildings

The Galleria by designer Jason Hill. (From ”Modern Phoenix”)

The residential projects of Carrasco & Associates

Dome Photographs by David Stephenson. (From ”Transparencies”)

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

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June 24, 2005


Gherkin JR, RICHARD, and RALPH are Modern Birdhouses

Shark House. A large shark appears to have crashed through the roof of a house in Headington, Oxford, England. The 25-foot long fiberglass sculpture was erected in 1986, on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb

The Salginatobel bridge, the only "world monument" of Switzerland

Hello there. You are now entering The 99 Rooms

A site dedicated to the historic architecture of St. Louis, Missouri - mourning the losses, celebrating the survivors

How to decorate abandoned bikes and bike racks. From The Toronto Beautification Ensemble

Contemporary buildings and interiors by Johnston Marklee & Associates, including The Sale House in Venice, CA, and The Hill House in Pacific Palisades

Living in paper - How to use waste paper for affordable, sustainable housing. (From ”Treehugger”)

The Isamu Noguchi Museum

Midwest Rural House from PLY Architecture

Re-post: 30 St Mary Axe Gherkin tower

Thomas Locke Hobbs’s architecture of São Paulo. (From ”City Rag”). The Leaning Towers of Santos, Brazil

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

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June 04, 2005

Baldwin Street, Dunedin

Baldwin_street In 1941 the U.S. navy sought to design an all purpose light weight prefabricated building that could be shipped anywhere in the world and assembled with unskilled labor. The commission was given to the George A. Fuller construction company in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and within 60 days the first Quonset huts buildings were being produced

Kengo Kuma's Bamboo House. The purpose of this project was to re-discover and re-express the true essence of Japanese architecture through bamboo as both structural and non-structural element. (From ”Inflight Correction”)

Big, round and rusted ball in Norwich, CT

Welcome to Niles, a historic district in the City of Fremont, California. You're in the backyard of the Pedersen residence and what you are looking at is the station of the Niles Monorail. (From The Monorail Society)

A house on Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world and home to the annual Jaffa Race

Scrap House, a single family house built entirely out of salvaged scrap materials

Ignore this building by David Shrigley

The Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project in St. Louis consisted of 33 11-story apartment buildings. It was demolished after only 16 years

Ayutthaya Period Carvings in Thailand

671 Images from Serlio's Architettura (1537-51)

Beijing Boom Tower. (From ”Elastico”)

Europe after World War II hit

Architecture is the ultimate erotic act. (From ”no, 2 self”)

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

June 4, 2005 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 08, 2005

Save Gonzo

Barn Save Gonzo! Edward Daniel Stross , a Detroit folk artist faces jail time for murals he's painted on a building he owns himself. (Update: Site seems to be down at the moment. See Arbor Update for some info about the conflict)

This website documents the installations of Dante Leonelli from the 1960's to the present day

“The Barns of Northern France”, at Barn Stories

A visit to the vacant and mysterious former Russian Embassy in Bangkok. (Thank you, Ron)

A model of the Roman Forum in 179 AD

Architecture for Sale, an online resource for architectural properties around the world. Currently available there for sale: The Sculptured House - Charles Deaton’s Denver Arthouse. $7,950,000

The Butterfly House, an experiment in zoomorphic design

The Architecture of Moscow from the 1930s to the early 1950s. Unrealized projects

The Recent Past Preservation Network. What Do We Mean by " Recent Past"? We generally define the recent past as a moving window of approximately fifty years time. Specifically, we cover those buildings that are not considered eligible for the National Register of Historic Places unless they are of extraordinary significance. This whole categorization is problematic; those buildings that need the most defense are often left in the cold when it comes to any sort of federal/local protection. With this sort of definition, we will always be working on the next set of historic buildings, hopefully before they become endangered. (From ”Other Stream”)

Many More Unusual architectural Links Here

April 8, 2005 in Architecture | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack